Police Minister, IGP Egbetokun Focuses On Global Security, Crisis Management At 2023 IACP General Assembly

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has emphasized the critical role of law enforcement in addressing global security challenges and effective crisis management at the 130th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

A press release on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that as part of the proceedings of 16th October 2023, at the Assembly Ball Room 20, the officers were led to brainstorm on lofty ideas and ideals for an improved law enforcement management in contemporary times.

A thought-provoking presentation by Kathleen O’Toole, retired Seattle Police Department Chief, added depth to the proceedings. Her insightful discourse, titled “Leadership Reflections: Navigating through Crisis,” offered valuable perspectives on effective crisis management within the law enforcement community.

During the conference, IGP Egbetokun was recognized by the President of the IACP and other prominent Law Enforcement Chiefs in America. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation, including DIG Department of Finance and Administration Bala Ciroma, DIG Habu Sani, DIG Intelligence Department, AIG INTERPOL Lanre Bankole, AIG PMF, AIG Yekini Ayoku, CP INTERPOL Stanley Ude, DCP Operations Oyo State Akinade Adejobi, the Force PRO ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the IGPs PA CSP Adebowale Ganiyu, and other senior officials.

Also, at the general assembly was the Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Police Affairs, Hajia Imman Sulaiman-Ibrahim, some law enforcement agents from the Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, EFCC, and Nigeria-based security experts.

A highlight of this year’s Assembly was the recognition of the IACP Officer of the Year, an accolade that celebrates the exceptional contributions made by law enforcement officers in the execution of their duties. The IACP/Axon Police Officer of the Year Award, generously sponsored by Axon, stands as a testament to the dedication and selflessness exhibited by police officers in their pursuit of public service and community safety. In this year’s competition, finalists from Texas and California vied for the prestigious award, with Officer Nathan Gadson of the Houston Police Department, Texas, emerging as the recipient of the 2023 Award.

Ag. IGP Egbetokun has reiterated the importance of recognizing and celebrating exceptional achievements in the field of law enforcement. He encouraged officers of the Nigeria Police Force to aspire to greatness and consider submitting their outstanding work for global recognition and awards. Such recognition not only elevates the law enforcement profession but also serves as an inspiring example for others to emulate, embodying qualities of selflessness, empathy, and unwavering strength of character.

Furthermore, the IGP, commending the exemplary performances of some gallant and dedicated officers of the Nigeria Police Force, restated his commitment to implementing a reward system within the Nigeria Police, with plans to honor outstanding officers at the upcoming Police Award Night scheduled at the end of the year. The selection process for identifying exemplary officers is already underway.

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